Month Three: Community Outreach and Wiki Goes Live


Right now, my major projects include...

Comment from Mira Allen on October 27, 2009 - 12:54pm

Keep us posted on the BPL thing- I'm interested to see how that pans out.

Comment from Dan Stangl on November 9, 2009 - 5:38pm

It sounds like your projects are moving along really quickly, which is great. The wiki looks like a great resource for residents, so big props on putting that together along with the work you're doing to get the new networks set up!

Month Two: Wikwikwik


Since my last report, a bunch of projects have progressed and a bunch more have begun. The wiki has been moving along. Almost all of the content is up, it's been reskinned, and I've added a translator and some access restriction extensions so we can store some somewhat "classified" information to it.

Comment from Mira Allen on October 7, 2009 - 4:28pm

Sounds like a great project! Keep us posted.

Comment from Mark Woodward on October 12, 2009 - 12:32pm

I'm very interested in the internet over power lines technology...any updates?



Well it's been awhile since I've posted, and I know I could just copy and paste from my CCTV blog, which I'll do eventually (once I get back to writing longer blog posts instead of just the snippets I've had time to do lately). For now I must say: I am beat.

Comment from Kevin Palmer on September 12, 2007 - 10:04pm

Rest up and definitely post the orientation materials to the wiki. I created a Citizen Journalism space on the wiki at You should be able to edit the main description and upload files. I hereby dub you the moderator of the citizen journalism section!

Comment from Meegan Kelly on September 14, 2007 - 3:52pm

Hey Julie! How's everything? My organization has a fledgling citizen journalism program that has existed for several years. I am aggressively seeking funding to hire a news editor to head up/jump start our operation and provide stipends to citizen journalists whose articles we publish. I'd be quite interested to see what your training program looks like. Ours is quite unique, since we publish print articles on our "web portal," and we also broadcast citizen journalism pieces on various radio shows our volunteers produce. Some have professional journalism experience, but most are local DJs who love music and support independent media. Those are the kind of folks who I think would benefit from the training program you described.

Comment from Julie Adler on September 15, 2007 - 1:13pm

Hey Meegan, what org. are you at again? We should definitely talk! Email me at julie.m.adler at gmail.

Live from Project HQ


The PSO is finished. Deep Breath. Exhale.

On to the exciting portion of the VISTA year! Many from June's PSO started at their organizations Monday and some will begin shortly. Already heard good things coming from Rayna at YES in MA, Kelli at The United Way in NC, and Rian at the Davis Community Network in CA. Sounds like people have really hit the ground running.

Digital Media Group Updates March


The Digital Media group had a great call last Friday around finding, developing and sharing curricula for digital media programs.  We're aiming to share as much as possible on the CTC VISTA wiki page <> and shoot more proprietary stuff to each other by email.  Kevin and AJ also added a bunch of new pages so check out the Digital Media section for more content!

To Wiki or Not to Wiki, that's the question


Part of my work this year for the CTC VISTA Project is fostering some resource development among the VISTAs. This is new concept for a project that has mostly focused on just training, supporting, and placing capacity building VISTAs in community and technology centers. As Paul Hansen mentioned in his Project update article in the last Digest:

"It's because a more focused structure makes it much more feasible for us to provide substantive (priority area specific) support and training to the our VISTAs. And, in a tighter network of VISTAs, members are more likely to support each other in more general ways, as they face the challenges of VISTA service."